Mum’s the Word!

It’s no secret that a hand-made gift from a child on Mother’s Day is always going to be a winner – especially if it’s presented with a cup of tea in bed in the morning!
Here are a few ideas to get the kids creative juices going – along with links to the original sources for all the instructions.

  • There is a big resource at Danielle’s Place with many different ideas, but we particularly like the “Mom, Thanks for Sticking by Me” Folding Craft Stick card!
  • For an easy but cute printable card – have a look at ‘5 Things I Love About My Mom’ card from The Bird Feed NYC. Print it out, colour it in and decorate with all your favourite embellishments!
  • Hand prints are always very effective in arty designs, and we found two great ideas to get those little palms covered in paint! Firstly, why not decorate a plant pot and put her favourite plant inside?
  • Another hand print idea is to create a personalised tote bag! We have these canvas bags in stock at The Craft Cabin, and these would be a great gift! At We Made there are step by step instructions for both the designs you see here.
  • Finally, why not create a picture frame out of lolly sticks for a photo, drawing or other art? Here are instructions from Buggy and Buddy that use jigsaw pieces to cover the frame, but buttons are very effective too!

DSC01915We have the canvas bags, lolly sticks, buttons, paint, card and many many other embellishments in stock – so call in and pick up your supplies or give us a call if there is something specific your are looking for.

Happy Mother’s Day!

New Year, New Workshops!

We have lots of exciting new workshops coming up in the next few months, covering various skills and crafts. All the details are on our adult workshops page, but here is a quick overview for you to have a look here to see what we are up to!

As well as the workshops, we have our Kids Club starting again on 22nd Jan from 4pm – 5.30pm and it takes place every first and third Friday . Plus, we have a new Teens Club for over 12yrs and primary school kids who are more crafty, which starts on 29th Jan from 5pm – 6.30pm, and this takes place every second and fourth Friday in the month. Booking is required for these, so please give us a call on 00 353 49 95 27424, email us at or pop into the shop to reserve a place.

PLUS – our Cabin Fever adults craft club re-starts on Wednesday 20th Jan from 11am – 1pm. Come and join us every Wednesday morning for some crafting, chat and coffee. Bring along whatever you’re working on and pick up tips and hints from others. Its only €3 per week to join in and there’s no need to book. See you there!

Craft Clubs


Best Day Ever!

So 20 days ago we opened up our doors and began our mission to craftify* Cavan and beyond. And it’s been brilliant. We’ve had great compliments about our shop, sold lots of lovely stock and we’re now getting bookings for our workshops.

But I’m not happy.

You see, while Aileen and mum have been making quilts, wall art, mice pincushions, cards, decorative letters, scarves, owl toys, button art, crocheted blankets and lots of other crafty stuff, I’ve been up to my fingers in paper.

Not beautiful decorative paper but invoices, account application forms, bank registrations, credit card readings and lots of other boring business-like stuff. All important, essential work but completely non-creative and frankly, boring.

On Sunday I had enough.

Dressed in my ratty t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, I came down to our workroom and got my creative on. Mainly I decoupaged but hey, it was blissful. I painted, glued, sewed, cut, drew, sanded and created to my heart’s content.
Needless to say I had the best day ever.

Below are some of the bits I was working on. I’m more of a starter than a finisher so there’s still work to be done on these….

Decoupage samples

  • W’ butterfly wall art – going to finish by putting the words ‘spread your wings’ on the bottom right
  • Love heart – tried out a little Autentico cracquelure for that aged, crakling effect. The heart is a little big for the elements but I’ll fill some of the spaces with something.
  • Vases – the blue one in the background is what I started with – and old ornament no longer matching my living room. I repainted and decoupaged. The pink strip at the top was a happy accident, as I chiped the top of one and needed to hide it!


  • Circles box – decoupaged with napkins and outlined with my favourite Sharpie
  • Flower canvas – I only cut the paper petals today so just arranging them on the canvas now. The cream is lovely and rich and I think it will work lovely with the colours and finish I have in mind
  • Painted pieces – Hidden Treasures ‘donated’ some signs to us so I painted them. I also painted an old cookbook holder that was painted in chalkboard paint and then I tried painting an IKEA photo frame. The shiny vinyl might be too much for my chalk paint. I’m going to try flipped, printed tranfers on these I think.

So that’s it for my Sunday session. Hopefully, I’ll get around to finishing them! Any suggestions on different or better ways to do these, let me know in the comments.


*Craftify – verb, to craft like a mad woman. It’s not in the ‘real’ dictionary but all you crafters know what this means!